I have a Dell Latitude 2110 touchscreen.  No boot screen, black screen where boot screen should be then goes straight to the windows login page.

Turn it on turn it off it always does the same.  It will be a black screen until you hit f11+ctrl.  Sometimes it will go straight to the windows screen like its been in hibernation. I have turned it off, on, removed battery etc and I can not get it to a splash screen or bios. It's a laptop thats been sitting in a closet and my friends ex wife set a password on it.  I was trying to get to the boot screen to use the windows password remover thingy via flash drive....would be perfect if I could set it to boot from usb :/ please help! I'm a girl so take it easy on me with the tech lingo! 

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This is funny, I had a co-worker who had that exact problem on a Dell Optiplex 760. Since you can get booted into Windows go to support.dell.com, go to drivers, input your service tag or just select the machine, and then update the BIOS. (The version they have available may be too new if your BIOs is too old, in which case you'll have to look for Previous Versions on their site.) Dell Chat will normally point you to the proper direction as well if you can't find it.

Once we upgraded the BIOS on the Optiplex we were able to hit the POST screen and get into BIOS like normal again. I'm betting it will fix you up as well.

Answered 11/13/2012 by: samzeeco
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  • Interesting, hadn't thought of that. Great idea!
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I don't doubt that the situation is exactly as you describe, but what you are describing comes awfully close to hacking (even though I really hate that term).  Some sites have a policy against questions like this.

Anyway, as for your boot option question:

F12 normally is the boot menu on Dell systems.

On cold boot, start pressing the F12 button until you hear a beep.  That should give you the option to boot from USB so long as it's enabled in the BIOS. 

The F12 menu should also give you the option of changing the BIOS configuration if needed.

If it has a BIOS password, Dell support can remove that if ownership of the laptop can be established.

Answered 11/12/2012 by: jknox
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